March 20th, 2008

Learning to be a good patient

We tend to talk a lot about the rise of “consumerism” in health care today. People are taking more control over their personal health through on-line research, questioning of their physicians, information sharing with friends, and an increasing interest in wellness. Consumers are increasingly taking more command of their health and treatments.

One obstacle to consumerism is people’s own willingness and understanding of how they can best participate in their own health care. Health care blogger Dr. Rob offers some very interesting thoughts on what it “how to be a good patient” nowadays.
It’s especially helpful if you’re like me and have been raised by parents who think being a good patient means “just doing what the doctor tells you.” Enjoy.

(hat tip to Kevin, M.D. for this one).

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